Barbados armed robbers set shop ablaze, killing six

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Armed robbers in Barbados have set fire to a clothing shop in the capital, Bridgetown, killing six people who were inside.

Police said two men with machetes burst into the shop and demanded money before starting a blaze.

Three staff and three customers were trapped inside the burning building after apparently fleeing to the back of the shop to escape the flames.

A police spokesman described the incident as a national tragedy.

Violent crime is relatively rare in Barbados.